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About The Book

ShaykhʾAbū al-HasanʿAlī Nadwī (1914-1999/1332-1419 AH) was one of the most widely read and influential scholars of the last century. In this collection of speeches, covering a twenty-year period, Shaykh Nadwī deploys his passion and eloquence to set out the importance of the Madrasah, and its role in the face of both the challenges and opportunities of modernity.

He also talks at length about the personal qualities and attributes demanded of those who aspire to become inheritors of Prophetic knowledge.

In these inspirational speeches, Shaykh Nadwī reaffirms his belief that the durability and influence of Madārīs assures their continuing role in shaping the destiny of humanity. His message is timely, and remains as relevant to present day seekers of ʾIslāmic knowledge, as when first aired sixty years ago. At a time of great interest in the Madrasah system, this book will be a refreshing read for students, ʿUlamāʾ and general readers alike.




Topics Covered

The book consists of two major parts, students and madāris. Part one covers the role and characteristics of students who seek ʾIslāmic knowledge, the challenges they must face, the characteristics and qualities they must develop and key themes of their times and societies which they must challenge. Part two then discusses the role of madāris, the dynamic position and syllabus they should develop and adapt and the preparation of leaders of humanity that they are expected to produce. Shaykh ʾAbū al-Ḥasan’s experiences and directives on the central role of the Madrasah within society and its development alongside the advancement of the society come from his experience and strong leadership of Nadwah and the Muslim community in India.

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About the Author

SHAYKH ’ABU AL-HASAN ‘ALI NADWI was one of the most prominent Muslim scholars of our time. His lineage could be traced back to the Prophet. He hailed from a family renowned for producing illustrious scholars and revivalists, such as Sayyid Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). Shaykh ʾAbū al-Ḥasan was associated with numerous religious, literary and cultural organisations, both within India and internationally. He was Rector of Dār al-ʿUlūm Nadwat al-ʿUlamāʾ in Lucknow, President of the Academy of Islamic Research and Publications, President of the All India Personal Law Board, a founding member of Rābiṭah al-ʿĀlam al-ʾIslāmī (the Muslim World League), a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Madīnah, a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters in Damascus, and Chairman of the Oxford Centre for ʾIslāmic Studies in Oxford. [/twocol_one_first][twocol_one_last]

Book Reviews

The Nadwi Foundation deserves commendation for producing an epic work of Shaykh ʾAbū al-Ḥasan Nadwī in English, comprising of his soul stirring speeches to students to rise to the challenges of the time, by acquiring mastery in their fields of study and by imbibing a deep spirituality, both of which are obtained by sheer determination, strict discipline and clearly defined goals in the pursuit of knowledge. This work is invaluable to all students who wish to rise above mediocrity and excel in scholarship and erudition Muftī Zubair Bayat, Founder, Dar al-Ihsan Islamic Service Centre, SA [twocol_one_last] [hr]

Product Information Author: ShaykhʾAbū al-HasanʿAlī Nadwī

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128


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